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2013 will be the perfect storm of necessity and opportunity: some economies will do OK(-ish), others will be shaky, but in whatever market or industry you're in, those who understand & cater to changing consumer needs, desires and expectations will forever have plenty of opportunity to profit. A remapped global economy, new technologies (or 'old' technologies applied in new ways), new business models... hey, what's not to like?

Hence this overview of 10 crucial consumer trends (in random order) for you to run with in the next 12 months. Onwards and upwards:

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  2. Introduction: 1. PRESUMERS & 2. EMERGING2 3. MOBILE CUSTOWNERS MOMENTS 2013 will be the perfect storm of necessity and opportunity: some economies will do OK(-ish), others will be shaky, but in whatever 4. NEW LIFE 5. 6. CELEBRATION market or industry you’re in, those who INSIDE APPSCRIPTIONS NATION understand & cater to changing consumer needs, desires and expectations will forever have plenty of opportunity to profit. A remapped global economy, new technologies 7. DATA MYNING 8. AGAIN MADE 9. FULL (or ‘old’ technologies applied in new ways), HERE FRONTAL new business models... hey, what’s not to like? Hence this overview of 10 crucial consumer trends (in random order) for you to run with in 10. DEMANDING 11. MORE-ISM the next 12 months. Onwards and upwards » BRANDSw w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 2
  3. 1. PRESUMERS & CUSTOWNERS “Consumers will embrace even more ways to participate in the funding and (pre-)launch of new products and brands.” 2013 will see passionate consumers embrace two No wonder that the amount PRESUMERS spent on However, these increasingly business-savvy consumers innovative new ‘consumption’ models: becoming crowdfunding platforms has risen from just USD 530 are often looking for both a financial and an emotional PRESUMERS and CUSTOWNERS. million in 2009, to USD 1.3 billion in 2011, to USD 2.8 return, and therefore only brands that are open, friendly, billion in 2012 (Source: Massolution/The Economist, May honest, trusted, transparent, and somewhat ‘human’ will PRESUMERS love to get involved with, push, fund, 2012). prove able to attract enthusiastic CUSTOWNERS. and promote products and services before they are realized. And thanks to countless new crowdfunding For more insights, see our recent, dedicated Also, keep an eye on the US JOBS Act, which will be platforms and new manufacturing technologies that are PRESUMERS Trend Briefing » implemented in January 2013 and for the first time finally tipping into the mainstream (and a burgeoning, allows non-accredited US investors to buy micro-equity Next for PRESUMERS? How about CUSTOWNERS: global cult of entrepreneurialism at large), the coming 12 in start-ups. It’s a major factor behind research firm consumers who move from passively consuming a months will see them have more opportunities than ever Gartner’s prediction that funds raised by crowdfunding product towards funding/investing (if not owning a stake) to do so. platforms will rise to USD 6.2 billion in 2013. One for in the brands they buy from. other countries to follow suit soon?w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 3
  4. 1. PRESUMERS & CUSTOWNERS Brikstarter: ZAOZAO: Social pretailer Helping model and build for fashion lovers Kickstarter prototypes Launched in September 2012, Hong Kong based Brikstarter launched in November 2012 alongside ZAOZAO bills itself “Your social pretailer”. The new the UK edition of Kickstarter. The company offers online platform allows fashion designers to post pre- to help people deliver product-focused Kickstarter launch products and get funds for production via the projects, producing CAD designs, 3D printing site’s community of fashion-loving crowdfunders. models, making promo videos, and sourcing manufacturers if funded. Project creators must agree to give Brikstarter 10% of initial funds raised plus 10% of the subsequent product revenues.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 4
  5. 1. PRESUMERS & CUSTOWNERS Leon Bonds: Interest paid This free Trend Briefing is obviously in food vouchers only the tip of the iceberg. 2013 Trend Report Trend Database + Industry Trend Reports In July 2012 UK-based healthy fast food franchise Monthly Updates + Tips Leon created Leon Bonds to raise GBP 1.5 million from its customers (rather than corporate investors), so it could further expand and open new locations. Investors received interest in £eon pounds (store Next year is fast approaching! If you want access to credit). ALL the trends, insights and innovations that need to be on your radar in the next 12-18 months, check out our new 2013 Premium Service, including the 2013 Trend Report! MORE »w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 5
  6. 1. PRESUMERS & CUSTOWNERS Fundable: Equity Barclaycard Ring: crowdfunding platform ‘Social’ credit card Fundable is a US-based equity crowdfunding And if you’re not ready to give away equity, but platform for start-up companies, aiming to take do want to reward consumer-stakeholders, then advantage of the JOBS Act legislation in the US (see learn from the Barclaycard Ring MasterCard, a above). To date, start-ups on Fundable have offered ‘social’ credit card designed and developed through “rewards”, such as products or experiences, to community crowdsourcing. Through a virtual investors. community, members can suggest and vote on decisions that affect how the card is managed and serviced. Members also share in the profit generated.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 6
  7. 2. EMERGING2 “Emerging brands from all over are catering to emerging middle classes from all over.” While the last two decades were about developed On top of that, with these emerging market brands for the first time (measured in Purchasing Power markets catering to emerging ones, and emerging having cut their teeth operating in fast-rising emerging Parity terms) to USD 44.1 trillion versus USD 42.7 trillion markets increasingly catering to developed ones; now markets and catering to ever-more important emerging (Source: IMF, October 2012). get ready for an explosion in products and services middle classes, expect even more of the next One exercise for anyone (whether you’re in an emerging from emerging markets for emerging markets. global mass market powerhouses to come from market or not) with global ambition: ask yourself who emerging markets. Think Chinese and Brazilian brands selling to the middle are the new power players in your industry? Don’t know classes in Turkey, India or South Africa. Or vice versa. The numbers sure are juicy: in 2013, the GDP of where to start? Use our EXCEPTIONALL Trend Briefing emerging markets will exceed advanced markets to kick off a broader competitive analysis for 2013.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 7
  8. 2. EMERGING2 WeChat: Chinese messaging app reaches Peak Games: 3rd largest 200 million users globally social gaming platform Tencent’s WeChat, the Chinese voice, text and Turkey-based Peak Games is now the third largest photo messaging service has changed its name social gaming platform worldwide, with 30 million from ‘Weixin’, to have broader global appeal. In monthly active users across Turkey, the Middle September 2012 the service added Hindi support East and North Africa. The company saw Q1 2012 in India, having already added Portuguese (for the revenue increase tenfold compared to Q1 revenue in Brazilian market) and Indonesian. It recently topped 2011. 200 million users worldwide.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 8
  9. 2. EMERGING2 Amazonas Sandals: Some clients (small & big) Brazilian flip flops in China already enjoying access to our Premium Service Ranging from big companies to small firms In October 2012 Brazilian sandals brand Amazonas Sandals announced plans to open a store in and agencies, ambitious brands from all over Guangzhou, China, in early 2013. Amazonas the globe are already deriving real value from Sandals source sustainable raw materials from our Premium Service. Brazil’s native rubber trees, and their sandals are made with 80% recycled material. Don’t get left behind in 2013! MORE »w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 9
  10. 2. EMERGING2 BluePad: Lenovo: Colombian tablet available Asian smartphone strategy throughout Latin America In October 2012, Lenovo started selling a range of Compumax has launched the first Colombian tablet smartphones in Indonesia, from the high-end K860 designed and made in Bogota. The BluePad has with an 8 megapixel camera and 8 GB of memory, a 7-inch screen, runs Android 4.0, and has a 4 GB down to more affordable smartphones. The SSD drive, expandable via Micro SD to 32 GB. manufacturer also announced that it would launch The product costs USD 214 – making it the most a smartphone for the Indian market by March 2013, affordable tablet in the market – and can also be looking to build on its position as the second largest purchased in Venezuela and Ecuador. smartphone maker in China.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 10
  11. 3. MOBILE MOMENTS “Lifestyle multi-if-not-hyper-tasking: why micro-convenience, mini-experiences and digital snacks will rule in 2013.” For those wondering where ‘mobile’ will head next, one We could offer you a deluge of stats on everything from their devices a day, the average app session lasted behavioral insight should give you plenty to run with: in mobile use to addiction, but we know YOU don’t have only just over a minute (Source: DFKI, November 2013, consumers will look to their mobile devices the time, either, so we’ll just offer three: 2011). to maximize absolutely every moment. Hectic, • A survey of US adult smartphone owners found Wondering how to apply MOBILE MOMENTS? Why urban lifestyles mean that no amount of (micro) time that 63% of female respondents and 73% of male not take any of the other trends in this Trend Briefing will be too fleeting, or activity too absorbing, to cram in respondents don’t go an hour without checking their (or our previous Trend Briefings) and add a lifestyle- more content, connection, consumption or simply more phone (Source: Harris Interactive, June 2012). maximization, experience cramming, MOBILE MOMENT fun. • Cell phone users between 18 and 24 exchange an dimension? average of 109.5 messages on an average day, more All of which means the next 12 months will see an than 3,200 per month (Source: Pew Research Centre, Still struggling? Check out the examples below for explosion in MOBILE MOMENTS: products, services September 2012). inspiration on how to shave seconds, fill moments or and experiences that will enable mobile-loving • An academic study of Android users’ app-habits create whole new, on-the-go services: consumers to embrace (seamless) lifestyle multi-if- revealed that while users spend nearly one hour on not-hyper-tasking.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 11
  12. 3. MOBILE MOMENTS Jana: Mobile market Projekt Ingeborg: Virtual research platform for the library in Klagenfurt, Austria developing world July 2012 saw Klagenfurt unveil Projekt Ingeborg Jana enables cell phone users in the developing which provides a virtual library through QR code world to participate in market research surveys via stickers placed around the Austrian city. Though SMS. The service is able to reward participants with the city does not have a public library, residents can free airtime, and as a result of partnering with mobile access classic literature via the yellow stickers which operators, reaches nearly 3.5 billion people in over have been placed in locations such as bus stops. 100 countries.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 12
  13. 3. MOBILE MOMENTS Snapchat: Temporary photo WeChat: sharing app Hyper social features Snapchat is an app that enables users to share WeChat the global messaging app mentioned in images that can only be viewed by the recipient EMERGING² above, contains a number of features for a few seconds before they ‘self-destruct’. The that enable users to chat with random strangers. developers announced in October 2012 that the The ‘Remote Shake’ feature randomly connects two service was processing 20 million images a day. users who shake their phones at the same time, while ‘Drift Bottle’ allows users to send a virtual message in a bottle ‘out to sea’, where it can it collected (and read) by another random user.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 13
  14. 3. MOBILE MOMENTS Peapod: Pogoseat: Maximize your QR code ‘virtual stores’ at experience US commuter hotspots Pogoseat is an app that enables audience members Going all out on the ever-spreading QR-surface-retail at live sports events to identify and purchase phenomenon, US-based online grocer upgrades to better seats via their smartphone. The announced in October 2012 that it was launching app identifies empty seats with the best views, and over 100 QR-code based ‘virtual stores’ at train once users have selected their new seats they are stations in major cities including Boston, New York, able to enter payment details, purchase, and move. Washington, D.C. and Chicago. Meanwhile, QR code ‘shops’ continue to spread. Just one more (of many!): Walmart-owned Mexican supermarket chain Superama has unveiled QR code-enabled kiosks in a selection of shopping centers in Mexico City. Global MOBILE MOMENTS are truly upon us ;-)w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 14
  15. 4. NEW LIFE INSIDE “It’s time for products that give back.” Recession or no recession, long term, one of brands’ Of course, NEW LIFE INSIDE products are not going major quests is for more ecologically sustainable to solve major sustainability challenges. But more than activities. So here’s just one small, sign-of-the-times ever in 2013, there is great symbolic value in creating eco-mini-trend for 2013: the phenomenon of products new, environmentally beneficial life out of a consumer and services that quite literally contain new life inside. product. Rather than being discarded or even recycled (by And symbolic, even playful statements of your values someone else), these products can be planted and will resonate with consumers, too. Especially if they grown, with all the eco-status and eco-stories that are seen as expressions of larger intent to take more come with that. meaningful action.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 15
  16. 4. NEW LIFE INSIDE ‘To Be Nature’ Chopstick: Sprout: The pencil that Converts to plant support wants to be a plant Korean designer Gyeongwan Koo created the ‘To Be Sprout is a pencil that wants to be a plant when it Nature Chopstick’ as an environmental alternative to grows up. Once the pencil becomes too short to use disposable chopsticks. After users are finished with it can be planted: a seed capsule in the tip of the them, they place them tip-first into soil, where a seed pencil will dissolve upon contact with water, allowing will germinate and grow into a plant. One of each the seed inside to germinate and grow. The project pair of the sticks has a transparent starch cap at the had successfully raised more than USD 35,000 from end containing the seed, and the other stuck can be over 2,000 supportive PRESUMERS when funding slotted into the top of the other, providing a support closed in September 2012. for the seedling to grow alongside.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 16
  17. 4. NEW LIFE INSIDE Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Molson Canadian: Spa: Trackable seeds Plantable coasters Chile’s Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa has launched As part of beer brand Molson Canadian’s Red Leaf an initiative to give each of its guests a trackable Project in reforestation, the brand released coasters virtual tree seed. Every guest is given a code and made of seed paper, which grow into a tree when can choose where in the relevant protected area planted. Since June 2012, one million of the coasters they would like their tree to be planted. Once have been distributed via bars and select crates of planted, guests receive a geo-referenced Google beer. Maps link to track their tree.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 17
  18. 5. APPSCRIPTIONS “Digital technologies are the new medicine.” Digital technologies are the new medicine, as of a course of treatment. And for health providers, doctors and physicians turn to health apps and services these digital ‘medicines’ promise to reduce costs by to improve health outcomes. making consumers more aware of their health, improve compliance, and allow remote monitoring that can pick We flagged the rise of DIY HEALTH* last year but up warning signals earlier. increasingly, with over 13,000 health apps in the Apple app store it’s not a case now of finding an app, but Even if you’re not in the health industry, and think finding the BEST one, and – given that this is a health APPSCRIPTIONS isn’t relevant for you, we bet that an issue – one that is accurate and safe. hour spent considering the bigger underlying trend – towards mobile driven service delivery – could yield So in 2013, expect consumers to turn to the medical some profitable new insights. * DIY HEALTH was about consumers using tech to track, profession and medical institutions to certify and curate these products, with doctors also ‘prescribing’ manage, monitor and improve their health. Usually in an informal and self-imposed way. them, much as they prescribe medicines, as partw w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 18
  19. 5. appscriptions mRX: App store for Antibiotics Reminder app healthcare professionals Happtique (a subsidiary of the Greater New York In June 2012 the Australian government funded Hospital Association) is a healthcare app store ‘National Prescribing Service’ launched Antibiotics developed by and for healthcare professionals. In Reminder. The free smartphone app lets patients August 2012 Happtique launched a pilot program for set reminders for their prescribed medication, track an electronic prescription app mRx, which enables when they have taken it, and keep a recovery diary medical practitioners to prescribe certified apps to monitor their progress. The app aims to help users to patients, and then track which patients have take their antibiotics correctly, and so get the best downloaded prescribed apps and send reminders to results from their medicine. those whose apps aren’t downloaded.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 19
  20. 5. appscriptions Proteus Digital Health: FDA approval for ingestible medicine Some clients (small & big) compliance tracking sensor already enjoying access to our Premium Service Ranging from big companies to small firms In July 2012, the Food & Drug Administration in the US granted Proteus Digital Health pre-market and agencies, ambitious brands from all over clearance for their ingestible sensor that can monitor the globe are already deriving real value from whether a patient is taking their medicine. The our Premium Service. sensor is activated (and powered) by stomach fluid, and the patient’s physiological data is output to an Don’t get left behind in 2013! accompanying smartphone app, that will alert them MORE » if a medicine isn’t taken as scheduled.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 20
  21. 6. CELEBRATION NATION “Flaunting the new ‘it’ cultures.” In 2013, global cultural capital will continue to In case you’re not from one of these CELEBRATION be overturned just as dynamically as its financial NATIONS, then it’s probably time to partner with a hot equivalent. One result? Emerging markets will local brand from an emerging market and bring their proudly export and even flaunt their national flavor to your customers. Or, if you’re already active in and cultural heritage in the next 12 months. one of these markets yourself, reread our MADE FOR Symbols, lifestyles and traditions that were previously CHINA (IF NOT BRIC) trend, and start paying respect downplayed if not denied, are being brought up to date, to local cultures. to become a source of pride for domestic consumers, and of interest to global consumers.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 21
  22. 6. CELEBRATION NATION NE-TIGER: Luxury fashion House of Masaba: ‘From China, to the World’ Pop Art sarees China’s first luxury fashion brand NE-TIGER, is Mumbai-based luxury fashion designer Masaba renowned for its East-meets-West, ethnically inspired Gupta’s House of Masaba has reinvented the designs. September 2012 saw the company’s traditional Indian sarees with quirky, modern motifs founder Zhang Zhifeng give a speech entitled ‘From and Pop Art prints that are targeted at young female China, to the World’ before the brand presented its consumers. Released in Spring 2012, her black-and- latest haute couture ‘Huafu’ collection in Milan, Italy. white camera print saree has been favored by several Indian celebrities, as have her cow- and animal-print versions. Prices range from INR 8,000 to 10,000.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 22
  23. 6. CELEBRATION NATION Studio Tsimáni: Design that This free Trend Briefing is obviously celebrates Mexico only the tip of the iceberg. 2013 Trend Report Trend Database + Industry Trend Reports In April 2012 Studio Tsimáni was invited to join the Monthly Updates + Tips Destination Mexico initiative at the MoMA Design Store in New York. The studio takes inspiration from traditional Mexican culture to develop contemporary furniture and homeware products that embody the Next year is fast approaching! If you want access to people and identity of the country. ALL the trends, insights and innovations that need to be on your radar in the next 12-18 months, check out our new 2013 Premium Service, including the 2013 Trend Report! MORE »w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 23
  24. 6. CELEBRATION NATION Sulwhasoo: Traditional tvN: K-Pop Star Hunt Korean beauty takes the US Launched in July 2012, Season Two of tvN’s K-Pop Beauty insiders have long celebrated Korean beauty Star Hunt aims to find the next big K-Pop star in products, but expect this to grow further in the Asia. The hunt is being held across eight Asian coming 12 months. Just one example: in October countries, including South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, 2012, shoppers at Neiman Marcus stores in San Vietnam and Thailand. Korean music is of course Francisco could purchase the Korean beauty brand now a global phenomenon, especially after the Sulwhasoo. Noted for its distinctive package design smash hit ‘Gangnam Style’ by PSY (even if he pokes reminiscent of classic Korean pottery, its products fun at many K-Pop staples ;-). feature native Korean botanicals and medicinal herbs, including ginseng and white peony root.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 24
  25. 6. CELEBRATION NATION Sol de Janeiro: Brazilian Osklen: Luxury modern inspired beauty Brazilian style Beauty brand Sol de Janeiro, which celebrates Luxury Brazilian fashion house Osklen unveiled iconic Braziian beach culture, is now being stocked its Spring/Summer 2013 collection at New York’s by Sephora in the US. The brand uses traditional Fashion week for the first time in September 2012. local ingredients like green coffee beans (which The brand’s founder and creative director said prevent free radicals from damaging skin cells), and that the style was “Brazilian soul meets Californian antioxidants from an extract of acai. dreaming… modern”. Osklen has 62 stores in Brazil, and is available in stores in the US, Japan and Italy, amongst others.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 25
  26. 7. DATA MYNING “Why consumers want ‘good’ data not ‘big’ data.” If data is the new resource, expect consumers in offer customers help and advice on how to improve their A word of warning: brands will have to walk a fine 2013 to start demanding their share of its value. behavior and/ or save money. line between offering consumers a valuable (and ideally seamless) service, and freaking them out with To date, the ‘big data’ discussion has focused on the Of course, this is nothing new in the world of aggressive if not downright scary ‘services’. Yes, value of customer data to businesses. Now, increasingly entertainment (think film recommendations and re-read consumers want to feel served to, but they don’t like to savvy consumers will start to reverse the flow: seeking our TWINSUMER Trend Briefing from 2005 ;-) but in be watched. to own and make the most of their lifestyle data, 2013 expect even ‘mundane’ industries to start taking and turning to brands that use this data to proactively consumers’ data and making it useful.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 26
  27. 7. DATA MYNING Movenbank: CRED score Cignifi: Credit scores from rewards savers mobile usage data Movenbank launched in October 2012 with the Cignifi is a US firm that has developed analytics aim of creating a financial services platform that technology which uses mobile usage patterns – encourages customers to improve their financial calls, messages and top-ups – to assess someone’s behavior, and rewards them for doing so. The lifestyle and subsequent credit risk profile. The service is based on a user’s CRED score, which is service recently completed a pilot in Brazil, and is boosted by managing spending and saving, as well now targeting the 100 million people that make up as by ‘social influence’. Customers with higher CRED Brazil’s emerging middle class; who currently have scores can benefit from reduced fees and access limited access to financial services products due to additional products. their lack of traditional credit data.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 27
  28. 7. DATA MYNING Kroger: Personalized Opower: Social app creates supermarket discounts energy usage competition August 2012 saw US-based supermarket chain Launched in April 2012, the Opower energy app Kroger introduce a personalized discounts scheme, is the result of a collaboration between Facebook, generating coupons based on shoppers’ loyalty card the Natural Resources Defense Council, energy usage data. Kroger said that 70% of shoppers who information software maker Opower and 16 US received personalized coupons redeemed at least based utility companies. Users can connect their one of them. energy account to the app, and see visualizations of their energy usage throughout the month. They are able to compare their usage to that of friends and other households in the US, and engage in competitions to reduce household energy waste.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 28
  29. 8. AGAIN MADE HERE “Local manufacturing is the new Service Economy.” Driving this trend: the perfect storm of consumers’ ever- Just one stat to kick-start the discussion: greater NEWISM, the expectation of getting just the • Four out of five US shoppers (76%) notice “Made in right product (and NOW!), eco-concerns and the desire the USA” claims and labels, and are more likely to for more interesting STATUS STORIES, all combined purchase that product (Source: Perception Research, with the spread of new local manufacturing technologies July 2012). such as 3D-printing and make-on-demand. Observant readers will have by now noted how And of course, consumer embrace of AGAIN MADE PRESUMERS and AGAIN MADE HERE will feed off HERE will be welcome news for executives concerned each other in the coming months. Get ready, as the by rising labor costs in China, long lead times and fragile reshaping of the mechanics and business models of global supply chains. manufacturing will make ‘local’ in 2013 about much more than just artisan food and craft ;-)w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 29
  30. 8. AGAIN MADE HERE Shapeways : Factory of the Future opened in Long Tesla Model S: Island City, New York Made in California In October 2012, leading 3D printing platform June 2012 saw the first deliveries of the Tesla Model Shapeways – which provides 3D printing services S, manufactured in Fremont, California. The car is to its community of designers and PRESUMERS – powered by a lithium-ion battery and has a 0-60 mph opened its Factory of the Future in Long Island City, time of 4.5 seconds, providing a high performance New York. The 25,000 square foot site will host 30 to sports driving experience. The Model S also has a 50 3D printers, and will have capacity to print 3 to 5 touchscreen dashboard with wireless Internet access million objects annually. (which can be synced with various smartphones), allowing users to control systems such as navigation, music and temperature.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 30
  31. 8. AGAIN MADE HERE Véloscoot: Hiut Denim: “Our town is Moving production back to making jeans again” La Rochelle September 2012 saw Hiut Denim release their In March 2012, French electric bicycle company first batch of jeans from their factory in Cardigan, Véloscoot moved production from China back to Wales. The UK start-up aims to bring work back to La Rochelle, France. Véloscoot say they will now the town, which lost its major employer when the manufacture the first “Made in France” electric previous jeans factory was closed nearly a decade bicycle, and aim to become more competitive by ago. The jeans also come with a ‘History Tag’ being closer to their primary market. app, which enables customers to see images from throughout the jeans’ manufacturing.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 31
  32. 8. AGAIN MADE HERE Google Nexus Q: Designed Some clients (small & big) and made in the US already enjoying access to our Premium Service Ranging from big companies to small firms In June 2012, Google unveiled the Nexus Q home media-streaming entertainment player, and the and agencies, ambitious brands from all over wireless system is laser-etched with “Designed the globe are already deriving real value from and Manufactured in the U.S.A.”. The Nexus Q’s our Premium Service. metal base is made in the Midwest, moulded plastic components are manufactured in California, and Don’t get left behind in 2013! the device is then assembled a short distance from MORE » Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 32
  33. 9. FULL FRONTAL “Not just transparent, but naked and proud ;-)” So what’s next for the mega-trend of transparency? 53% in 2012 (Source: Edelman, January 2012). While the bulk of the examples below might be food- Brands must move from ‘having nothing to hide’, • The proportion of people saying brands making a related, the takeaway is clear... Only brands that to pro-actively showing and proving they have notable positive contribution to their lives is around 8% have the utmost confidence in their product (and nothing to hide, and go beyond uttering lofty in European markets, and 5% in the US. Interestingly, themselves) will be able to go FULL FRONTAL*. statements on ‘values’ or ‘culture’ to real, unambiguous the comparable figures in in China and Latin America If you’re wondering what will your customers say if you and clear evidence, or statements about actual results. are 57% and 30% respectively (Source: Havas, go FULL FRONTAL, the real question for 2013 will be February 2012). No, not all consumers will be this demanding, but as what they will think if you don’t? • 69% of US consumers said they are more likely to buy total transparency becomes a hygiene factor, even those * For those that find this scary, then re-reading our from a brand that talks publicly about its CSR results, that aren’t will expect brands to prove their ethical and FLAWSOME Trend Briefing should help convince you that it versus the 31% who would purchase from a brand environmental credentials to those that do care. won’t be the end of the world if things aren’t perfect. It’s the that talks about its CSR mission and purpose (Source: Some stats: intent that matters. Cone Communications, October 2012). • The percentage of global consumers who trust • Only 44% of Americans trust companies’ green claims business to do what is right fell from 56% in 2011 to (Source: Cone Inc., March 2012).w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 33
  34. 9. FULL FRONTAL Natura: Socio-environmental McDonald’s: Calorie targets and failures revealed information on menus in annual report September 2012 saw McDonald’s begin publishing Eco-friendly Brazilian cosmetics brand Natura calorie information on all its restaurant menus and provides a comprehensive list of all of its socio- drive-thru windows in the US, while the company environmental targets in its annual report. End of last also began promoting its ‘Favorites Under 400 year, targets such as water consumption, employee Calories’ menu, which includes lighter dishes such training time and reducing solid waste were labeled as the Filet-O-Fish sandwich and the Egg McMuffin. as ‘Not Achieved’, and followed by an adjusted target for 2012.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 34
  35. 9. FULL FRONTAL Yi Mu Tian: Kimitachi: Sushi monitoring Chinese organic farm via webcam Mindful of Chinese consumers’ concerns over food In September 2012, Japanese restaurant Kimitachi safetly, organic farm Yi Mu Tian uses digital food opened a franchise in Curitiba, Brazil after a tracking system. The high-tech farm, which uses successful pilot in Florianópolis. Customers ordering computers for temperature regulation, lighting and takeout can follow their food preparation via a video watering, operates a Traceability Code System that system installed in the restaurant’s kitchen. Kimitachi allows consumers to track any food item back to created the system to “humanize sushi delivery” the field in which it was grown. Customers can also and give consumers more transparency on the dish track the growth of vegetables by camera. As of preparation. October 2012, the farm had fulfilled home delivery orders to over 60,000 families in Shanghai.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 35
  36. 10. demanding brands “Brands’ wishes will be consumers’ command.” Expect to witness a daring change in the relationship One more thought for DEMANDING BRANDS in 2013: between ambitious, responsible brands and their it’s one thing being temporarily demanding as a stunt to customers in 2013. Switched-on brands that are grab consumers’ attention, but quite another to make embarking on the much-needed journey towards a more meaningful demands on an ongoing basis. Hey, no sustainable and socially-responsible future will demand one said it was going to be easy. that their customers also contribute, and in doing Here are just two blood donation-related examples to so earn the respect of even the most hyper-demanding get you thinking, but keep an eye out for a dedicated, of consumers. full Trend Briefing on DEMANDING BRANDS in Q1 of But consumers aren’t going to put themselves out for 2013. brands unless they truly believe in the bigger vision. So, in positioning yourself as a DEMANDING BRAND, make sure you’re 100% transparent and sincere. Otherwise, it’s time to stick to being a SERVILE BRAND ;-)w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 36
  37. 10. DEMANDING BRANDS Vitoria: Give blood to Tata Docomo: restore football kit colors The Bloodline Club To promote its charitable blood donation campaign, On a related note: Tata Docomo now runs ‘The Brazilian soccer club Vitoria unveiled new player Bloodline Club’, a blood donor social network to uniforms in July 2012. Although the team’s shirts participants from around the world. Upon registering, are usually red and black, the soccer uniform was users give their blood type. In an emergency, released in white and black stripes, with fans all over members contact Tata Docomo on Facebook and Brazil encouraged to donate blood to restore the the brand will send the appeal to suitable members. shirts to their regular colors. Over the 2012/2013 soccer season the four white stripes will return to red one at a time, as the Brazilian blood bank achieves key blood donation target levels.w w w. t r e n d w a t c h i n g . c o m 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013 37
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